“An appealing protagonist and memorable supporting characters blend smoothly with lessons in Hawaiian and Japanese history in a tale sure to win new readers for the series.”
Rei is shocked that her father’s had a hemorrhagic stroke. She decides to take a long leave from her espionage activities to help him recover. A surprise invitation from long-lost relatives in Hawaii sends the pair from to Oahu, along with Uncle Hiroshi and Cousin Tom. But the celebration of the 88th birthday of Rei’s great-uncle is complicated by the relatives’ demand that the Shimuras help them regain choice Hawaiian real estate lost during the war years when the Great Uncle was interned on the mainland. An arson fire that may be a cover-up for murder, plus a long visit from Michael Hendricks, followed by the reappearance of Hugh, add to Rei’s challenges.